Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) March 07, 2014
Aspen Education Group, a division of Cupertino-based CRC Health Group and the leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving youth, has announced that its staff and students participated in approximately 30,000 hours of community service in 2014, a record for the company.
Aspen students spend the vast majority of their time in treatment working through behavioral and emotional issues within themselves and their own families, yet they are given many opportunities to give back to the communities around them as well. Students learn the value of taking the focus off of themselves and giving to others less fortunate. Aspen employees lead by their own example of philanthropy.
We are very proud of the tradition of community service that exists within our programs, students and staff alike, and consider it our special responsibility to give back to the communities in which we operate, said Susan Cambria, Division President of Aspen Education Group.
Over the past year, Aspen Education Group staff and students participated in various community service projects such as:
Oakley School (Oakley, Utah) students volunteered at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, worked with seniors at two different area assisted living communities, helped out at an afterschool program at a Salt Lake City elementary school, cleaned toys at the Childrens Center, sorted goods for Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at the Utah Food Bank, sorted and distributed food to local families for the Park City Food Bank and Resource Center, and assisted in unloading trailers full of donated food for the annual Turkey Toss giveaway at the Indian Walk-In Center in Salt Lake City;
Copper Canyon Academy (Rimrock, Arizona) students volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, cared for a section of highway, volunteered at Bread of Life Mission preparing and serving the evening meal, then washing dishes and cleaning up afterwards, adopted a grandparent at Verde Vista home for the elderly, making gifts for them and singing to them as part of a choir group during the holidays, sang for Rainbow Acres home for adults with developmental disabilities, and traveled to Hollywood to serve food to the homeless at clinics and soup kitchens;
Academy at Swift River (Cummington, Massachusetts) students volunteered at a nursing home and animal shelter, did trail maintenance, horticulture and animal care at their local Manda Farm, volunteered at Greenfield Community College, and assisted with animal care at the local Hilltown Adventures dog sledding facility;
Island View RTC (Syracuse, Utah) students volunteered for water/aid stations for several marathons/half marathons, took part in the Utah Polar Bear Swim at Utah Lake with all proceeds going to One Hundred for Haiti, Habitat for Humanity and Help International, shoveled snow for many houses in an older neighborhood of elderly individuals as part of the Flash Mob Random Acts of Kindness, held a performance for which the admission fee was a donated gift or cash donation for the Utah Co-Op, helped with a river clean-up project in Idaho, made pillowcases for Primary Childrens Hospital, volunteered for the Race Aid at Rails to Trails Running Race and Layton Marathon, participated in Climb-4-Life, an awareness event for ovarian cancer, chopped wood and cleaned yurts for Bear River Outdoor Recreation Alliance, gardened at Community Gardens, and volunteered at the local animal shelter;
Adirondack Leadership Expeditions (Saranac Lake, New York) students assisted in the removal of pine needles and the building of a snow fence at Gabriels Park;
Four Circles Recovery Center (Horse Shoe, North Carolina) clients volunteered at the Animal Haven shelter assisting with the care of abused and homeless animals, assisted in the warehouse processing area and helped sort and organize packages at the MANNA Food Bank, maintained trails and picnic areas at Holmes State Forest, helped with winter gardening at Long Branch Educational Forest, and partnered with Soles4Souls, a non-profit shoe charity that collects and distributes gently worn shoes to those in need in local communities and around the world;
Stone Mountain School (Black Mountain, North Carolina) students volunteered at the MANNA Food Bank to put together MANNA Packs that are distributed to elementary schools and sent home to families that cannot afford food to eat, and ran a food drive on campus that collected over 90 pounds of food to donate to MANNA;
SUWS Adolescent & Youth Programs (Shoshone, Idaho) sponsored a two-mile section of Adopt-A-Highway and cleaned up roadside trash;
SUWS of the Carolinas (Old Fort, North Carolina) staff donated clothing, toiletries, household items, books and food for Gods Country Thrift Store and Community Outreach Center for local families in need;
Youth Care (Draper, Utah) students volunteered for Hoofbeats For Healing, a local equine therapy program, decorated food boxes for Utah Food Bank, prepared food and served the homeless at the local soup kitchen, assisted individuals from Center For the Blind, assisted the elderly at the Legacy Retirement Center, volunteered at the local animal shelter, and did a trail clean-up.
Our communities are thankful to have our staff and students volunteer, and we are grateful to have such wonderful neighbors, said Cambria. Its really a win-win for all of us!
About Aspen Education Group
Aspen Education Groups nationwide services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health (wilderness) programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a students unique academic and emotional needs.
Aspen is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC has been helping individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.
So I bet you all are going to get a kick out of this…but for the sake of information..
I’m a 16 year old female, about to turn 17. My normal running routine is running 6 miles a day. Nearly every day a week with the exception of one day. See, I was supposed to train for a half marathon, and I was going to increase my amount by 1 mile per week. But then I counted up 26 weeks until the race (it’s in December) and now I’m wandering if I can really do a full marathon. But then my dad told me that I shouldn’t run as much as I do nearly every single day, and that I had to follow a “marathon schedule”. This shows you how clueless I really am.
For further information, I’m also on a diet. Because I weigh 134 pounds, and I want to get down to a very slim size, like 120.
Can anybody at ALL please help me about marathon training? I’m desperate for advice, and websites only tell me how to train the week of the marathon!
*also, please don’t tell me that I can’t do it because of my age. I’ve seen people of 6-17 years of age run marathons!
Answer by Louis
First, have you run 5Ks and 10ks? If you haven’t I’m going to suggest something really crazy. You should start by training and running a 5K, then a 10K and then a half, and then the marathon. There is a lot of stuff you learn thru experience, like what kind of training plans you like, what kind of race day preparation you need. and what to wear, eat, drink, etc. Sure you can learn that from books but some of that is personal preference and there is no substitute for experience.
So by taking it in steps you’ll experience a more gradual progression. Both mentally and physically.
Now i’m going to suggest another crazy idea. Your first stop is the library, Go to the running section, it’s in the 613s and the 796s. And pick out a few books. Jeff Galloway is pretty much the running guru and he should have a few books in both sections. Anyway pick out a few books and check them out. (I also recommend Chi Running by Danny Dreyer .)
Please don’t skip the library, but both jeff and Danny have web sites. In fact Jeff has a marathon training program. It’s very general but that makes it work with people of all fitness levels. http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/marathon.html
Also Runner’s World and CoolRunning have websites with info and plans.
Anyway, once you learn about some different plans and use them you will develop some ideas of what works best for you.
So with all this running you need to be careful about your diet. One simple way is to take your goal weight and multiply it by .65. For you thats .65 x 120 = 78. That’s how many grams of protein you should eat each day. No more than 40 grams of fat and less than 85 grams of carbs. Try to get all your nutrients from whole foods and not supplements. But that is a lot of protein so you might get some help from some use of supplements. (by the way, soy milk is a complete protein and really good for you and has almost 10 grams of protein per glass. )
Answer by Benjamin
Keep doing what you are doing!!!! Don’t increase your miles! You do the same training I do! I did a marathon at the age of 15 and I trained by being on the cross country team! I ended up winning my Age Group and getting the Course Record for my age group!!! I got 2 hours and 36 minutes. It was the Top of Utah Marathon in Logan, Utah. So keep doing what you are doing and you will do fine!!!! Good luck with it and show everybody how good we teenagers are!!!:)
P.S. What marathon are you going to run?
Answer by Yeti
Uh, it’s actually highly unlikely you’ve seen people as young as age 6 running true marathons. Many people mistakenly call things “marathons” that aren’t truly 26.2 miles. A marathon is 26.2 miles, period, when someone labels something correctly. Sometimes people will run a half marathon and refer to it as a marathon as well, for example, just because a full marathon occurred the same day. (Yes, some events allow unusually young entrants down to maybe age 12, but 6? No.)
Most events prohibit those under age 18 from entering. There are too many risks that outweigh the rewards, and you can too easily permanently damage yourself if you’re injured while still developing. Someone will make exceptions of a year or two younger with written parental consent, and they’ll usually want to make sure you’re actually training correctly and know what you’re doing, too. When you do a full marathon, you encounter entirely new issues with fueling, recovery, etc., that normal runners don’t learn, and those under 18 too readily don’t really comprehend them or manage them correctly.
I will also say that marathon training is a bad time to lose weight. You need to eat to fuel your runs, and when you lose weight, you actually run a calories deficit. You’re not taking enough in to recover let alone fuel your next run.
Anyway, before you even think of a full marathon you should confirm that some event near you will even allow you to enter. Then yes, you need to follow some kind of marathon schedule different than what you’re thinking. And yes, you should be varying your routine more currently and/or including cross training.
It would help to know how long you’ve had your current routine going, but if it’s been at least a year, the following book would provide what you seek. But again, full marathons are absolutely *not* recommended at your age, and many events won’t let you enter outright.
[Edited to add: The course record for males 19 and under in the Top of Utah full marathon is 2:42:01, set in 2014 by someone age 18 and not named Benjamin....]